Evangelism: Week 3 - Devotion 3
“And to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” -Ephesians 4:24
Is your faith alive in you? A good gut check is to ask yourself the question, "If being a Christian was a crime, would there be enough evidence in your life to convict you?" This question was one I was challenged with when I was in high school and one that I often reflect on. All of this talk of sharing our faith and loving our friends falls flat if it is not alive in you, to begin with.
It is important to re-set our walk with Jesus, no matter where we have been lately, today we get to start fresh. This passage in Ephesians walks us through this process.
Check Ephesians 4:22-24.
It’s like getting ready for prom after a good workout. Getting dressed up for a special occasion is always fun. But imagine you just finished working out, you are sweaty and smelly, and in an hour or so you are supposed to pick up your date for prom. What would you do? You would take off your stinky clothes, take a shower, and get dressed up in some sweet duds. This is the exact same process we go through to set apart Christ as Lord.
Think about this:
1. 4:22 says we are to put off our old self. Take some time to confess how you have been distant in your walk with Jesus. Confess your sin, rebellion, pain, fear, anxiety. When we confess, it is like taking off smelly clothes.
2. 4:23 says we are to renew our minds. Just like how a shower cleans your body, so we need God to cleanse our minds to wash out the lies and remind us of the truth. Think about all the amazing truths you know about God.
3. 4:24 says we are to put on our new self. For prom, you have fancy clothes. For the life of faith, you also have fancy clothes; they are the likeness of Christ. What does it look like to wear love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control as you are now ready to engage the world for the glory of God?